The Echo & Cumbiatón LA Present
Cumbiatón: Womxn of Cumbia
DJ Bembona (Brooklyn, NY), DJ Gracie Chavez (Houston, TX), Zuri Adia (Techno Cumbia Party, LA), Killed By Synth (Techno Cumbia Party, LA), Sizzle Fantastic (Cumbiatón LA), Funky Carmelo (Cumbiatón LA), La Mera Candelaria, Femmecee'd by Locatora Radio
Fri March 15, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This event is 21 and over
Cumbiatón Los Angeles takes over the Echoplex once again on March 15th, 2019 for their second annual Womxn of Cumbia event! In honor of Womxn's History Month, Cumbiatón brings together hundreds of cumbia lovers under one roof to celebrate the deep roots of Cumbia and pay homage to all the Womxn who continue to propel the tropical music scene forward. The all womxn line up includes:
-Dj Bembona from Brooklyn, NY
-Dj Gracie Chavez from Houston, TX,
-Zuri Adia and Killed by Synth of Techno Cumbia Party, LA
-Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo of Cumbiatón LA
with live music from Bay Area's La Mera Candelaria (Womxn-led Cumbia Band).
Womxn of Cumbia will be Femme Cee'd by Mala and Diosa of the femme-tastic podcast; Locatora Radio. Per usual, they will have vendors selling artisanal goodies so make sure to bring some cash and see you on the dance floor!
Cumbiatón Los Angeles
Founded by Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Normz la Oaxaqueña, Cumbiatón has rooted itself in the beautiful barrio of Boyle Heights, CA and has branched out to cities like San Fransisco, CA and Seattle, Washington. Cumbiaton’s vision in all 3 cities is to center womxn and queer people of color both on the dance floor and in the Dj booth.
DJ Bembona (Brooklyn, NY)
Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ, Multi-Platform Artist & Activist, born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work represents & pushes forward the Afro-Diasporadical movement, Latinx/Indigenous/Caribbean/African, with the purpose of empowering & bridging the gap between POC communities, generations, activist work & beyond.
DJ Gracie Chavez (Houston, TX)
DJ Gracie Chavez is an ambassador for the Texas music scene. She’s doin it real big (DIRB!) pushing the crossover of music genres, playing a spectrum of sounds and winning folks over. And this mami is the perfect act with a pedigree heavy enough to handle any party.
A veteran DJ of the Lone Star State, she co-founded and leads Bombón, one of the region’s hottest tropical bass crews and record label. Her sharp skills and taste-making selections have also earned her Houston’s Best DJ (2016) title and influential out-of-town bookings making her a top choice for events nationwide.
She also founded Les Femmes, Texas’ best all-lady DJ crew, and is the founding DJ workshop instructor for Girls Rock Camp Houston. She holds DJ residencies at House of Blues - Houston and Marriott Marquis Texas-sized pool deck (2017-2018).
Gracie has been nominated for various Music Awards, including Houston’s Best Club/DJ Night, back-to-back years (2014-2016, Houston Press). Gracie is a producer/songwriter; contributing music writer, lecturer and panelist; community activist, social media influencer and a radio show host. She has performed for various festivals and conferences (Voodoo Fest 2017, SXSW Interactive + Music, Microsoft Women in Tech), sporting events (Super Bowl 2017, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), a political rally for Beto O'Rourke, and future-forward branded events pushing the sounds of tomorrow.
She’s also partnered with national brands like Deep Eddy Vodka, Topo Chico, Chivas Regal US and Red Bull Music Academy as one of their choice artists and brand ambassadors in the Southern region. Gracie has been represented by Scratch Music Group, the world’s leading DJ academy and agency founded by Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay.
Music // SoundCloud ⬩ Remixes ⬩ MixCloud ⬩ iTunes ⬩ Spotify
Brands // Clients
Adidas, Twitter, Buzzfeed, Microsoft, Virgin Music, BET Network, Latina Magazine, Vice Magazine, Remezcla, Sephora, Nordstrom, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, House of Blues - Houston + New Orleans, Art League of Houston, Aerosol Warfare, United Way, Houston International Festival, Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, Houston Symphony, Da Camera Houston, The Orange Show Foundation, Chivas Regal US, Herradura Tequila, Red Bull - North America, Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull Radio, Deep Eddy Vodka, Topo Chico USA, Heineken .
Zuri Adia (Techno Cumbia Party, LA)
Killed By Synth (Techno Cumbia Party, LA)
Sizzle Fantastic (Cumbiatón LA)
Funky Carmelo (Cumbiatón LA)
La Mera Candelaria
La Mera Candelaria is a female-fronted, cumbia-son solo project based in Los Angeles, CA. Stephani "La Mera" Candelaria's unique style is a light-hearted, vivacious mixture of tropical rhythms; sassy, humorous lyrics that deliver a powerfully feminist message; and a humble, countryside flavor! The project's combination of Colombian-inspired cumbia with Son Cubano flair is what makes it so unique and unforgettable-- while the rhythms and bass lines suggest classic cumbia, the group utilizes a Cuban tres as the lead instrument, and dip in and out of classic salsa rhythms, lending to the group's unmistakable earthy, Caribbean sabór.
The project was launched in summer 2017 by Bay Area musical transplant, Stephani "La Mera" Candelaria, who has been performing as front-woman/vocalist since 2008-- her previous groups include Tambores de Colombia, La Misa Negra, and Candelaria, and she has been featured as a collaborator/guest vocalist with Discos Resaca, Buyepongo, Viento Callejero, Tone Irie, and La Junta Collective. After moving to Los Angeles, Candelaria quickly put together a new project focused around her own original material, and began the process of creating a new, tasty sub-genre of Latin dance music. La Mera Candelaria's music has quickly gained the attention of venues and other entertainers up and down the West Coast. Though still relatively new to the scene, La Mera Candelaria has already shared the stage with Mexican cumbia legend Celso Piña, Bay Area heavyweights Bang Data, and Los Angeles visionary NKRiot, and has quickly built a reputation up and down the West Coast as an infectious, powerhouse, and ultimately, unforgettable performance.
La Mera Candelaria released her 2nd EP, titled "No te enojes," on August 28, 2018 (listen and purchase on Bandcamp). She is currently in production for her 3rd release, and first full-length album, "Si, reina," set for release in 2019.
The rotating roster of musicians includes: Tony Sauza (bass), Joaquin Zamudio (bass), Mario Leal (bass), Abel Canel (timbales), Anita Garay (congas/timbales), Jhonathan Angulo (congas), Angelo Salazar (tres), John Villalobos (tres), and Ivan Flores (accordion).
Femmecee'd by Locatora Radio
Locatora Radio is a Radiophonic Novela hosted by Diosa and Mala also known as "Las Mamis of Myth & Bullshit." Like most millennial love stories, Diosa and Mala met on the internet. When fate brought the two LA locals together in real life, Diosa and Mala decided to combine their powers to become Las Mamis of Myth & Bullshit. Together, they conceptualized Locatora Radio, A Radiophonic Novela that celebrates the experiences, brilliance, creativity, and legacies of femmes and womxn of color.
Entering their second year of podcasting, Locatora has become synonymous with discussions of femme tech, femme defense, and loca epistemologies. Locatora Radio moves beyond the confines of a studio space and connects with their listeners and community through workshops and community events. Event planners and femmecees in their own right, Las Locatoras incorporate the party as politic into their praxis. Keep up with Diosa and Mala as they discuss the layers and levels of femmeness and race, mental health, trauma, gender experience, sexuality, and oppression.